EatingWell Eating for Energy

EatingWell Eating for Energy

EatingWell Eating for Energy
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Whether it's to complete a challenging workout, or to fuel the workday, almost everyone is looking to get more energy. It turns out that a good place to find it is on the plate. This new special edition brings you recent scientific research and expert advice to reveal the many ways that the right foods can boost your feel-good energy. You'll learn about high-powered proteins, 10 ways to snack smarter, and how to take your metabolism to the max. Consider the athlete's diet and the evolving discussion about the most important meal of the day. You'll also examine the power of sleep and how to use it to reclaim your get-up-and-go. Full of fun recipes, breakfast tips, and fresh snack ideas, this special edition will have you fueling yourself and your family in ways that have never been easier.

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7 min.
solving the energy crisis

As a dietitian specializing in sports nutrition, Yasi Ansari, R.D., counsels many clients who are athletes wanting to improve their speed and endurance. But many of his other clients are just everyday people who hope that changes in their diet will help them feel less exhausted by the daily demands of living. “It’s a common concern,” says Ansari, the Los Angeles–based national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Today everybody has a busy lifestyle.” And almost everybody wishes they had more energy. According to a 2015 poll by the research firm YouGov, 40 percent of Americans surveyed reported waking up feeling tired at least one to three times a week—and nearly as many reported four or more “poorly rested” days a week. And research by the National Safety Council…

9 min.
want more energy? don’t cut carbs

Carbs can’t catch a break. The food group gets blamed for everything from weight gain to inflammation, when really it’s only unhealthy carbs that do health damage. In fact, carbohydrates in general are vital to your health. “Carbs are very misunderstood,” says Samantha Cassetty, R.D., a nutrition consultant in New York City. “You cannot live without carbohydrates. They provide energy for movement, focusing, thinking and day-to-day life.” Think of these underrated nutrients as your body’s charging station. Sure, you also get energy when you eat foods with fat and protein, but “it’s generally easier and more efficient for our cells to use glucose for energy,” explains Cynthia Sass, R.D., C.S.S.D., a performance nutritionist based in New York and Los Angeles. That is why it’s important to keep the healthiest carbohydrates…

3 min.
beware of the can

How much would you pay for a drink that promises to revitalize your mind and body, elevate your energy or give you the focus you need to cross every item off your to-do list? Usually carbonated, energy drinks that contain caffeine and other ingredients (such as taurine and ginseng) are intended to do just that. Catching a third wind is priceless, which is why energy-drink sales reached $55 billion in 2017 and are expected to hit $84 billion by 2025. But there may be a hidden cost. As sales have skyrocketed, so have reported energy-drink-related emergency room visits: between 2007 and 2011, they doubled from about 10,000 to nearly 21,000 visits. Between 2004 and 2014, at least 34 deaths were linked to energy drinks. In some cases it’s possible that underlying…

5 min.
hide and go sweet

Maybe you think you don’t use sugar substitutes. Maybe you steer clear of diet sodas and “lite” foods to avoid chemicals like aspartame. But if you’ve eaten certain high-fiber cereals, salad dressings or frozen entrees—or even sipped some nondiet iced teas—then you’ve probably consumed a lot more of them than you realize. And your odds are only growing: the use of sugar substitutes in packaged foods has been rising steadily for the past decade; the amount in our food supply now tops 26 pounds per person annually. The global sugar substitutes market (including both artificial and natural no-calorie sweeteners) reached a value of $15 billion in 2018. The market is expected to reach $19 billion by 2024. Not only are these sweet nothings cropping up in more and more foods, but…

3 min.
10 ways to snack smarter

Eating a snack or two between meals can curb hunger so that you don’t inhale the dining room table when you finally sit down to dinner. Reaching for the right snack will boost your energy and beat an afternoon slump. On the flip side, grazing all day—particularly on foods of little nutritional value—may result in eating too much and packing on extra pounds. The key is taking a smart approach to snacking. Here are 10 simple strategies to get you started. 1 COMBINE PROTEIN AND CARBOHYDRATES. Try pairing protein-rich foods with a carbohydrate (say, some almonds with an orange) or snacking on roasted chickpeas, which offer a good natural mix of carbs and protein. They’re also high in fiber, which research suggests may help prevent weight gain and may even help…

2 min.
high-powered produce

Blueberries Known for their powerful antioxidants, this snackable fruit boosts immunity, reduces inflammation, supports brain health and protects against heart disease and cancer. Research suggests that the antioxidants in blueberries may also help ward off muscle fatigue by mopping up free radicals that muscles produce during exercise. Now that’s a superfood. Artichokes Though they may be a surprising pick to some, Bazilian credits artichokes for their fiber and particularly high antioxidant count. “A whole medium artichoke has only 60 calories and 10 grams (over a third of your daily recommendation!) of fiber,” she says. Try the veggie as a topper for pizza, pastas and salads. Apricots Bazilian recommends apricots for a low-calorie, high-fiber dose of vitamins A and C, which are “important for keeping our immune system functioning at its best, our skin healthy and…